Assistant Practitioner Programme

WLMHT is offering healthcare assistants exciting opportunities to develop their learning and progress their careers.

As part of the Bands 2 to 4 Development Pathway the Trust has commissioned the University of West London to deliver a programme to support and prepare HCAs with the skills needed to become effective Assistant Practitioners

The new Band 4 assistant practitioner role has been created, to bridge the current knowledge gap between nurses and HCAs, and increase the range of skills available in teams to enhance patient care. The role includes Healthcare Assistant responsibilities but with the addition of a number of other duties such as Infection Control link, Care Certificate assessor for the ward and supporting the registered nurse with a range of duties that can be practiced autonomously.

About the programme

The programme will run over 10 study days and will;

  • Explore the role of the assistant practitioner within the multidisciplinary team and in collaborative working with service users
  • Develop introductory knowledge of anatomy and physiology in relation to mental health, across the lifespan, from prevention to recovery.
  • Develop skills required for safe and effective assessment of the service user’s mental and physical health, risk management and record keeping
  • Enhance knowledge of the mental health law and ethics applicable to current mental health practice
  • Develop knowledge of mental health conditions



Ali Webster“This really is exciting times for our healthcare assistant workforce. Our bands 2 and 3 deliver a high proportion of our direct patient care, so it is vital that they are supported. We have some incredibly talented HCAs in our trust, and it’s important to provide them with development opportunities so their full potential can be realised.” Ali Webster, Assistant director of learning and development